4 Durban estates you really want to live in

Private Property South Africa
Cath Jenkin

Living in an estate comes with a big bunch of benefits. Here are four Durban estates you want to live in.

Benefits of estate living

Better security, an eco-friendly lifestyle, and beautiful communal facilities are just some of the draw cards attached to estate living. If you’re looking to move into one of Durban’s most beautiful estates, then look no further: our list of 4 Durban estates you want to live in is here:

Kindlewood Estate

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Conveniently situated just south of Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estates, Kindlewood Estate is an eco-friendly development that’s growing at pace. Comprising 8000 hectares, with available living space suited to accommodate up to potentially 600 homes, Kindlewood Estate is a must for the estate-seeking property buyer. Luscious lawns, matched with well-integrated facilities that enable easy living, are perfect for exploring and letting your children play in the gorgeous afternoon sunshine. If you’re looking to buy land and build your dream home in Durban, Kindlewood Estate is a must. Or, if you’re ready to move and on the hunt for that perfect family home, you’ll find the ideal home here.

Ilala Ridge Estate

If popping out to the shops drives you mad, then Ilala Ridge Estate will save your sanity. It’s just a quick walk from your front door to the in-estate stores, that house everything you need and more. A fully-fledged pharmacy, supermarket, hairdresser, and more, can be found, quite literally, on your doorstep. Offering picturesque sea views, superb security, in an ever-so-clever, traffic-beating location, it’s no wonder this Durban estate remains in high demand.

Simbithi Eco Estate

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An eco-conscious living and golf estate, Simbithi is located just north of Ballito. While it’s not strictly Durban, it is well-loved by people who work in the city, as it’s an easy, quick drive into work every day. Incredible for families, golf fans, and nature lovers, it’s quite common to spot a free-roaming buck in your backyard while you’re at home in Simbithi Eco Estate. Facilities and fun aside, the deep sense of community and caring that exists within Simbithi is what’ll make you sign that purchase offer. Every week offers something new and fun to do.

Cotswold Downs Estate

A little more inland, and up the infamously hilly highway, you’ll find Cotswold Downs Estate in Hillcrest. Bird and nature-lovers rejoice, because this Durban estate boasts a biodiverse, indigenous habitat. No alien vegetation is allowed into the estate, and so far, estate managers have recorded more than 240 unique species of bird living here. Each home on the estate is architecturally enchanting, matching its beautiful environment with ease.

Don’t forget

Of course, living in one of Durban’s beautiful estates holds many benefits, but don’t forget that you’re responsible for ensuring that the rules are adhered to, too. Just as living in an apartment block means you’ll need to follow the body corporate rules, estate management rules and regulations must be abided by. Each estate may have different rules, so check to see you’re happy with the estate guidelines before you sign an offer to purchase. It’s all in the name of ensuring a happy, flourishing community. That’s something Durban estate living offers you and your family, with ease.

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Small coastal town with a big personality
Ballito, on the Kwazulu Natal North Coast, has grown quickly recently. Upmarket estates, restaurants and shopping centres now inhabit areas that were sugar cane fields not long ago. Many families are relocating to the area to take advantage of the relaxed coastal lifestyle that the area offers, even though it is just 30 minutes drive from Durban. Ballito has 3 excellent malls offering lots of retail therapy, great restaurants, private schools, private hospitals and ample sporting facilities. Beside the houses and flats in the main residential and beachfront areas, there are many newly built, secure estates that provide a choice of property types for those moving to the area.
Country cosmopolitan
Nestled in the Valley of a Thousand Hills, Hillcrest has a slightly cooler and less humid climate than other parts of Durban. It’s a family-friendly suburb, with many private schools, parks and kid-friendly restaurants. Estate living is very common, with many estates boasting well-kept golf courses. Built amongst rolling hills, houses have magnificent views of the valley and lush, surrounding hills. Just 30 minutes from Durban city centre, Hillcrest is away from the hustle and bustle. The area has a great sense of community, and a mix of country and cosmopolitan lifestyles.
Upmarket Convenience
Upmarket Umhlanga has become the neighbourhood of choice for many who have moved North from more central areas. In Umhlanga you have the beach on your doorstep, along with malls and shopping centres just minutes away. With its top schools, great hospitals, business parks, gated estates, beachfront apartments and coffee shops, Umhlanga is convenience personified. Umhlanga offers a lifestyle for everyone, be it the happily retired, the on-the-go business person or the young and trendy student.